Meet Our Summer Intern Ella!

Today’s spotlight is Ella Stiefvater who is the museum’s education and marketing intern for the summer!

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Ella Stiefvater grew up on a farm near Salem, SD and is an incoming sophomore at South Dakota State University majoring in agriculture communications. Throughout her time working with her family’s livestock and at her parents’ vet clinic Salem Veterinary Service, Ella grew to love the agriculture industry. She became especially active in youth programs like 4-H and FFA and served as a SD FFA state officer, State 4-H Ambassador, and a SD Junior Beef Ambassador.

The livestock industry is where Ella feels at home from exhibiting Hereford cattle early on and now showing market lambs and goats. As an active SDSU student she is a College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences Ambassador, treasurer of Prexy Council, and a member of Collegiate Farm Bureau and Block and Bridle.

“Learning about the people and the history of one of agriculture’s most significant developments in South Dakota is really exciting for me,” Ella said about what she’s looking forward to while working at the museum. “It’s really inspiring to be surrounded by all these contributions people made over the years to the stockyards that really helped the livestock industry flourish into what it is today.”